Let’s Go To the Movies
By Linda C Dipman

    The movie was given a four star rating and my excitement at seeing it grew as I sat in the huge theater
anticipating the beginning of the show.  I loved the heroes and anticipated the destruction of the villains.  I enjoyed
the lavish scenery and loved it when evil was defeated so that justice could reign supreme.  It was a typical multi-
million dollar blockbuster movie that millions around the world were anxious to see.

    The movie began with a beautiful bull calf, made from gold, elevated on a pedestal above a magnificently
decorated alter for all the people to see.  The camera panned out and showed an evil king dressed in his royal
robes standing majestically before the alter surrounded by priests dancing in pagan worship.  Together they
offered a sacrifice to the bull.  The movie picture widened again and suddenly a man in white robs appeared
before them, denouncing the alter while raising his arms high into the air.  

    Quickly the movie scene changed with the camera picturing the sky.  The once sunny clear day quickly
changed filling the sky with black ominous rain clouds.  A bolt of lightning cracked from the center of a particularly
dark cloud with a loud earth scattering boom.  It struck the alter and split it into two pieces pouring the sacrifice
onto the ground.

    I loved to go to the movies because it can capture your thinking and take you to places in the world that you
only dreamed of going.  The elaborate production reveals the lives of other cultures and spurs your mind to think
beyond the realms of your own world.

    I was so excited to see this movie because it was different from all other movies made up by the script writers,
because it depicted a real life story.  The special effects were not only spectacular but they illustrated what it was
like during the times that this ancient history took place.  It was an elaborate production that had a revelation
element in it.  A truth that could only be taught from the experiences the people went through depicting their time.

    The scene changed and the movie quieted as the prophet began to speak words from the Almighty God!  His
voice echoed through the theater shaking our seats and filling the speakers with the sound of a deafening voice.  I
felt like I was right in the room with them instead of watching it at the theater.

    1 Kings 13:2, "Following the Lord's command, the prophet denounced the altar:  'O altar, altar, this is what the
Lord says: A child, whose name will be Josiah, will be born to the family of David.  He will slaughter on you the
priests serving at the pagan altars who offer sacrifices on you, and he will burn human bones on you.'"

    1 Kings 13: 4-6, "When King Jeroboam heard this, he pointed at him and ordered, 'Seize that man!'  At once
the king's arm became paralyzed so that he couldn't pull it back.  The altar suddenly fell apart and the ashes
spilled to the ground, as the prophet had predicted in the name of the Lord.  King Jeroboam said to the prophet,
'Please pray for me to the Lord your God, and ask him to heal my arm!'
    The prophet prayed to the Lord, and the king's arm was healed."

    Many years passed with the death of the evil king and many subsequent generations of kings.  Then the movie
depicted the life of an eight year old boy dressed in royal robes.  His name was Josiah.  He had just been crowned
king over Judah.  He was a handsome and good child with eyes that shone as brightly as the sun as he eagerly
listened to the teachings of the elders of Israel and applied everything he learned as he ruled the land of Judah
with integrity.

    2 Chronicles 34: 3-5,  "In the eighth year that Josiah was king, while he was still very young, he began to
worship the God of his ancestor King David.  Four years later he began to destroy the pagan places of worship,
the symbols of the goddess Asherah, and all the other idols.  Under his direction his men smashed the altars
where Baal was worshiped and tore down the incense altars near them.  They ground to dust the images of
Asherah and all the other idols and then scattered the dust on the graves of the people who had sacrificed to
them.  He burned the bones of the pagan priests on the altars where they had worshiped.  By doing all this, he
made Judah and Jerusalem ritually clean again."

    The child had grown to a tall dignified young man dressed in splendid red and purple royal robes with a gold
crown on his head.  His demeanor emanated with assurance over his ability to discern the difference between right
and wrong for the kingdom of Israel.  He looked down from his royal throne smiling as he commanded three men to
repair the temple of the Lord to the former glory of Solomon's temple, a previous king who had dedicated himself
to God and blessed the nation through him.  

    The men quickly employed a team of thoroughly honest workman and craftsmen.  As the work proceeded with
the temple being restored to its former glory within the rubble of the crumbling temple a book was found.  A rule
book with the Laws of Moses written to guide the people on how to live a good and honest life before God.

    Josiah listened to the words written in the lost laws of the Bible and realized that they haven't been following the
rules to the game of life.  The life game that reveals the difference between good and evil.  A Spiritual game that
reveals the hatred of Satan and his demon angels against all people who are determined to follow God.

    He realized that they were worshiping God just like the pagans worshiped their gods.  They needed to change
their ways immediately and follow the law in complete obedience.  Following God's laws would not only make them
an example to the world of what is right, but it would bring rich blessings into their lives.  In anguish Josiah torn his
clothes and poured ashes on his head in humble submission to God.

    The story painted by the directors with the help of the special effects team and the words written from the
movie script suddenly made the entire audience sit on the edge of their seats.  We were all captivated by the story
of Josiah.  We all wanted the words of this new found Law to be practiced by his country so they would find favor
with God.

    I felt my own thoughts change as I quickly analyzed the scene and applied it to my own life.  Was I following
God correctly?  Had I been led astray to worship God like the world worships false gods?

    The scene in the movie once again changed with King Josiah receiving a message from a woman prophet of
the Lord God.  As the woman began her message, we were flash forwarded to a city filled with devastation and
decay, lifeless people, depicting a gruesome future of a scattered kingdom that had deserted God to live their
lives like the world.

    2 Kings 22: 18-20, "As for the king himself, this is what I, the Lord God of Israel, say:  You listened to what is
written in the book, and you repented and humbled yourself before me, tearing your clothes and weeping, when
you heard how I threatened to punish Jerusalem and its people.  I will make it a terrifying sight, a place whose
name people will use as a curse.  But I have heard your prayer, and the punishment which I am going to bring on
Jerusalem will not come until after your death.  I will let you die in peace."

    Flashing back to King Josiah, the epic movie ended with the entire nation of Judah listening to the words of the
Law and applying them to their lives.  The scene was serene, peaceful and completely beautiful.  The music
signifying the end of the show quieted and the audience thundered an applauds that you could hear outside of the
theater.  As they left their seats, everyone was moved and each thought about how this movie would change their
own life.

    Real life stories are the best movies.  They open up your mind and make you think differently about your own
life.  They have the ability to teach you about a truth that you would never have known if you hadn't seen it on the
big screen.  A good movie can reach into the hearts of men and help them to decide to change for the better.  

    God changes lives.  He can lead you on an adventure in life that will open your mind to right and wrong.  He is
a great teacher and a friend to all who are willing to surrender their lives to Him. Dedicate yourself to God and you
will defeat the evil that will try to defeat you in the world.